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Intekhab Dinar has cemented his place as an actor, with a constant display of talent throughout his decade-long career. He has a natural knack for acting, with fluent performances in both positive and negative roles. Although he began his journey with theatre, he has been busy in the TV medium of late.

Dinar recently talked to The Daily Star (TDS) on his thriving career, his beginnings in the media and much more. Excerpts from the interview:

How did you begin your journey as an actor?

Dinar: I joined Nagorik Natya Somproday in 1995 and became involved seriously in acting since then. With the theatre group I performed in “Nurul Diner Sharajibon”, “Ocholayoton”, “Mrityu Sangbad”, “Galileo”, “Dewan Gazir Kissa” and “Shankha Chil”. However, I left the theatre world in 2001.

Was there any specific reason behind the decision to quit the stage?

Dinar: Yes. I became too busy with my work in TV plays. I felt that I couldn't keep on ignoring my theatre responsibilities and still be a member of the group. I must say one thing though -- that during the time I was involved with theatre, I never missed a rehearsal or a show. I moved away from theatre after realising that I couldn't dedicate myself completely to the stage.

Did you dream that you would become an actor?

Dinar: No I didn't have any such plan. After passing my Intermediate exams, some of my friends went to see a play by Nagarik. It felt amazing watching the performance and I went back for more. Gradually I felt theatre was my calling. Then I saw an advertisement for new actors for Nagarik Natya Somproday. I faced an interview and was one of the 21 selected.

What was your first TV play?

Dinar: It was Salahuddin Lavlu's “Gor”, written by Gazi Rakayet. After that, directors were interested in casting me. The play created quite a stir. The mega-serial “Bondhon” soon followed and after that, there was no turning back for me.

What were the turning points of your career?

Dinar: My TV debut in “Gor” was definitely a significant point in my career. “Bondhon” also acted as a turning point. Other mentionable dramas that helped shape my career are “Share Tin Tola”, “Kachher Manush”, “Sporsher Baire” etc.

What projects are keeping you busy now?

Dinar: I'm currently acting in “Poush Phaguner Pala”, which is being aired by ATN Bangla. Ntv is also airing a serial titled “Poth Gechhe Beke”; “Komol Bibir Otithi” and “Kana Sirajuddoula” are being aired by Channel i. I'm also doing several new serials like “Gronthikgon Kohe”, “Restaurant 21”, “Villa Pabna” and “Chorkata”.

You've also worked in movies?

Dinar: I acted in “Jaijatra”, “Phire Esho Behula”. I want to act more for the silver screen, but the projects will have to be appealing to me. I'm set to work on a new film this year by Afsana Mimi, called “Camp”.

What characters interests you most?

Dinar: Any character which gives me the opportunity to act seems appealing. It doesn't matter if it's a positive or a negative role. Any artiste will look for characters that allow them to demonstrate their acting skills; I'm no different.

What is your opinion on the overall situation in the TV play scene?

Dinar: There is a mix of both good and bad productions. But I'm disappointed at the overall situation, as viewers dox not have the time to watch good works among the flurry of channels and TV plays.

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